2021 Napoleon Bees ‘N’ Design 1oz Gold Proof **LAST 10 COINS REMAINING**
|The bee was chosen by Napoleon as an icon that would create a link between his new dynasty and the ancient origins of France.
In 1653, the tomb of Childeric I was discovered in the Belgian town of Tournai. Childeric I was the first of the Merovingian kings, along with his son Clovis considered the oldest sovereigns of what we now know as France. Alongside his remains were 300 golden bees that had been buried with him as a symbol of immortality and resurrection.
Bees have played a symbolic role in cultural beliefs as far back as the Ancient Egyptians, maybe even further still. The phrase ‘busy as a bee’ captures the bee’s key traits: hard work, dedication, industry and order.
Napoleon recognised the power of these characteristics and saw the bee as his connection to the ancient Merovingian dynasty. His Golden Bees soon replaced the Fleur-de-lys, so synonymous with the Bourbon dynasty which had previously ruled France, as the key visual symbol of his new Empire.
Coin Name: 2021 NAPOLEON BEES MONGRAM ‘N’ DESIGN 1oz GOLD PROOF
Alloy: 999.9 Au (Gold)
Weight: 1 oz
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Issue Limit: 100
Total Mintage: 100
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|THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DESIGN – NAPOLEON BEES
The Bee is rightly prominent in this anniversary coin design, with a swarm picked out in our Proof finish frosting. The bee also acts as a punctuation mark in the coins outer circle, as does the East India Company Mint Mark.At the coin’s heart sits Napoleon’s monogram. In print it would have been quite a simple mark but here it is entwined with flora and fauna, a more organic representation inspired by Ancient Greece.